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Psychologist Kenneth M. Adams, PhD discusses the prevalence of sexual content on the internet and how to handle this with your children
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So one of the the concerns that is occuring in the culture is now that kids are being exposed to so much technology, so much of the internet, so much access to different ways to communicate by a technology that the sexual opportunities and exposure has increased in such a rapid fashion that most parents can't keep up with it, and then the normative curve around what should be considered normal, from what is pathological or troublesome, or addictive is shifting as we speak, right? The ability to be sexual through technology has increased. So for example, sexting had been the new thing but even that's starting to fade and give way to other ways that kids are now sharing and exploring themselves sexually, and it's a quadry for researchers, clinicians, and parents because some kids they're going to explore who aren't going to have problems. Some kids are going to drink and not turn into alcoholics, you know, they might drink too much and they pull back. The other day, you know, I always get worried about my son and you know, he's 11 and he's always on the internet. We have to, you know, regulate his time sometimes and, you know, we can't control everything. So it really is about teaching your children how to prevent themselves from being over stimulated and so we've taught him guidelines. And for example, he was on the internet the other day and one of the parents was talking to my wife, and she said I was really impressed with your son. I saw a group text and the boys were getting out of hand in the group text and your son said, guys we shouldn't talk like that. It's not appropriate and besides our mothers are watching our texts. So you have to teach your children what's going to happen when they get exposed.

Psychologist Kenneth M. Adams, PhD discusses the prevalence of sexual content on the internet and how to handle this with your children

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Kenneth M. Adams, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Kenneth M. Adams, Ph.D., CSAT, is a Licensed Psychologist, the Clinical Director and Founder of Kenneth M. Adams and Associates in suburban Detroit, Michigan, as well as a faculty member at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. As previous Clinical Director for the Life Healing Center in Sante Fe, New Mexico, a residential treatment center for trauma and addiction, Dr Adams created the first inpatient program exclusively for partners of sex addicts. In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Dr. Adams is a national lecturer, workshop leader, and consultant in the areas of child abuse, dysfunctional family systems, and sex addiction. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, the books Silently Seduced and When He’s Married to Mom, as well as co-editor of Clinical Management of Sex Addiction. In 2011, Dr Adams received the “Carnes Award” for “outstanding work in the field of sexual addiction and compulsivity”. He is a certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), a CSAT supervisor, and CSAT training facilitator as well as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner. Dr. Adams is a member of the American Psychological Association, Michigan Psychological Association, Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), and International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) as well as an advisory board member to SASH and IITAP, and an editorial board member of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. For more on Dr Adams visit www.drkenadams.com.

 

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